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'My aim is to play for England as long as possible' - Adil Rashid
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'My aim is to play for England as long as possible' - Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid has said it would be ‘lovely’ to play for England in the 2023 World Cup.

Rashid, 32, has been battling shoulder problems for a while as he required pain-killing injections to help England lift their first-ever 50-over World Cup last year.

Rashid, speaking to the reporters in a conference call on Saturday, said his ambition was to play for England as long as possible.

"My aim is to play for England as long as possible. We don't know how long that could be. Months, years, or whatever it is. I have a vision in terms of maybe achieving that, the 2023 World Cup would be lovely.

"If I stay fit, if my shoulder gets stronger then I can hopefully play for a long time."

The Yorkshireman didn’t have the best of tournaments last year where picked up 11 wickets at a higher average of 47.81.

Rashid heaped praise on England captain Eoin Morgan for not losing faith in him despite shoulder issues.

"He knew the shoulder wasn't great, but he kept backing me," said Rashid.

"I went in there with a strong mindset and did a decent job. That shows when I am 100 percent everything else will hopefully work out better."

However, Rashid has repeatedly taken important wickets in middle overs, something which he demonstrated again as he bagged three for 52 against South Africa in Johannesburg in February earlier this year.

"South Africa was a big turning point for me," he said. "In South Africa the shoulder was stronger."

On his red-ball career, Rashid said he would ‘reassess’ it in September, leaving open the possibility the chances of his comeback in England's squad for the Ashes in Australia.

"If I don't make that decision of playing red-ball and just sticking to white-ball then there's no Ashes or whatever for me.

"But if I do, and I'm fully fit then that's something that I could look towards but that's something that I've got to earn."